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What Rod For Shark Fishing Should You Get?

What Rod For Shark Fishing Should You Get?

Looking for a shark fishing rod and don’t know where to start? Great! You landed at the perfect spot. In this article we will go through everything you need to know when choosing a rod for shark fishing


For shark fishing you will need a 5’6” Stand Up Rod. If fishing from an outboard boat, we recommend a 6’ Stand Up Rod. Although this may vary on each situation, you will need a rod with a 30-50 lb line rating. Choose preferably a fiberglass rod. We recommend a Medium Action rod. If you are willing to invest a little bit more money, choose All Roller guides. Shark fishing rods must have butts with a slotted gimbal to fit a fighting belt. If you will be doing land based shark fishing, then get a Stand Up Rod between 7’ and 8’, with a line rating of 80-130 lb. 


Shark fishing is often times the entrance or introduction to offshore fishing for many anglers. We know it can be a daunting task to choose the right equipment. Keep on reading and we will go through everything you need to know when choosing your shark fishing rod. We made sure to make this article as helpful as possible.



What makes a good shark fishing rod?

When looking for a shark fishing rod, you should be looking at a rod with firmer action, and more power. This is to eliminate tip action out of the rod for solid hookups and direction when fighting the shark. So, go for a Medium Action rod.


Can a tuna rod be used for shark fishing?

A tuna rod is typically a 5’6” (give or take), they have an aluminum butt. They have a very soft tip. This will take a lot of pressure off of the angler, but on the other hand, it doesn’t put a lot of pressure on the fish. Well, the answer is that you could use this rod for shark fishing, but it’s not the best option because it does not have the power and direction you need when shark fishing.


What type of rod should you get?

Get a Stand Up Rod. Fiberglass is a good material to choose since it´s strong and almost unbreakable. Graphite will break, so leave those rods for other situations.


About the rod length

We recommend using a 5’6”. If you are fishing on outboard boats, then choose a 6’. The extra length will give you tip clearance in case you need to go around obstacles, outdrives, etc. If this is not the situation for you, then go for a 5’6” if possible. The 5’6” has gained more popularity for shark fishing and there is a reason for that. What you are doing when using a shorter rod is translating a lot of the load directly into you. The longer the rod, the more leverage the fish has. And the shorter the rod, the more leverage you have. You need a powerful rod for shark fishing. A 5’6” will give you powerful hooksets and the direction you need when fighting the fish. You always want to be in control of the shark, not the other way around.


Go for something that has a 50 lb class. It’s a common standard for a shark fishing rod. You could go lighter if you want. Going lighter is a good option when going for offshore fishing with kids. Spinning reels will work good for that.


Make sure you get metal materials and a decent rod blank when buying your shark rod.


Ring Guides vs Roller Guides


Let’s make it clear. Roller guides are the best ones you can get. Roller Guides reduce friction, and have the best performance.


But are they necessary? The answer is no. These generally add between $150 and $300 to the end price on either production or custom rods. If this will be your first rod, roller guides aren’t necessary. If the rod you are getting is for the long run, then invest in a good one. Go for the roller guides.


What shark fishing rod do we recommend?

We went through very specific features in this blog post. Feel free to choose a rod that is as close as possible to those features. Nothing has to be an exact match, and what we recommend is not the only way to go. It’s just what we have found that works the best (based on the research we did and we also consulted experienced anglers). Let’s remember that nothing in fishing is an exact science. Also, some of the features we recommended might have to be adjusted depending on each situation (for example, the line rating). With that being said, the rod that we highly recommend for shark fishing is this rod. It has the perfect materials, length, line rating and action.


What if you will be doing land based shark fishing? What rod should you get? (Shark rods for surf fishing)

A Stand up rod between 7’ and 8’ will be ideal. You need a rod that is long enough to where your line is sitting up above the shore break. On the other hand, a lot of people think it’s better to use longer rods, but we think it’s a bad idea. The longer the rod is, the more leverage the fish has on you. So you have to find a sweet spot, and we think that sweet spot is between the 7’ and 8’ length range. About the line rating, get a rod that has a line rating of 80-130 lb. We highly recommend the 2x4 OSP (7’3”, 80-130 lb) rod for land based shark fishing.


And that would be it for this blog post. We hope we covered everything we should have, and that this was a helpful resource for you. That is always the goal. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to drop a comment below, send us an email or contact us on the live chat. We will do the best we can to help you out. Let us know your thoughts on the comments below!


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